Victor Davis Hanson // National Review British prime minister Boris Johnson is desperate to translate the British public’s June 2016 vote to leave the European Union into a concrete Brexit. But the real issue is far older and more important than whether 52 percent of Britain finally became understandably aggrieved … Read more → Please … Read moreIs England Still Part of Europe?
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Pundits and politicos play the current parlor game of counting Joe Biden’s daily bloopers, signs of debility, or embarrassments. Unlike former “Apprentice” host Donald Trump’s exaggerations and narcissisms, Biden’s fantasies are not baked into an outsider candidacy that by intent offers as a radical … Read more → Please … Read moreBiden or Bust?
Victor Davis Hanson // Fox News World War II ended 74 years ago. But even in the 21st century, the lasting effects endure, both psychological and material. After all, the war took more than 60 million lives, redrew the map of Europe and ended with the Soviet Union and the United … Read more → Please … Read moreVictor Davis Hanson: World War II rages on in minds of world leaders – It profoundly influences them today
The Monroe Doctrine: Guide to the Future Please read a new essay by my colleague, Williamson Murray in Strategika. The Monroe Doctrine, which purports to warn other states from interfering in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere, has supposedly remained a basic principle of American foreign policy since the first half … Read more → Please … Read moreStrategika Issue 60: The Monroe Doctrine and Current U.S. Foreign Policy
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Most of us who came of age in the 1970s revered the university—even as it was still reeling from 1960s protests and beginning a process that resulted in its present chaos and disrepute. Americans of the G.I. Bill-era first enshrined the idea of upward … Read more → Please … Read moreFrom Icon to Just a Con
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review One of the most radical changes in the labyrinth of the Middle East is the near cessation of the old formal hostility of the Arab nations to Israel. That does not mean that the destruction of the Jewish state is not still a commandment … Read more → Please … Read moreIsrael’s Good and Bad New Realities
Victor Davis Hanson // Fox News “Socialist!” is no longer a McCarthyite slur. Rather, the fresh celebrity “Squad” of newly elected identity-politics congresswomen – Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; – often either claim to be socialists or embrace socialist ideas. A recent Harris poll showed … Read more → Please … Read moreVictor Davis Hanson: Why are so many young people calling themselves socialists?
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Many are the hissing heads of the polycephalic Donald Trump—at least according to the progressive Left and the NeverTrump Right, who see the president of the United States as some sort of mythical nightmare. Here are a few of his supposedly monstrous manifestations. Trump, the Profiteer … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Mythical Trump Hydra
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review In traditional political terms, there is always an alternate agenda to an incumbent president’s that reasonable voters can debate. In Trump’s case, two massive annual budget deficits — coming on top of the previous two administrations that doubled the national debt — seem fair … Read more → Please … Read moreTrump — or What, Exactly?
Victor Davis Hanson // Claremont Review of Books n the world of ancient Greece and Rome, collective reverence for the war dead helped explain why hoplites and legionaries fought so fiercely. The great themes of classical literature are often those of battlefield commemoration. Pericles’ majestic Funeral Oration, the lyric poet … Read more → Please … Read moreWith The Old Breed
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review All politicians are “flexible.” If they are in politics long enough, many reinvent themselves ideologically several times over — given the perceived volatile mood of 51 percent of their constituency. But rarely have we seen an entire primary field of candidates scrambling to renounce … Read more → Please … Read moreProgressive Democrats Renounce Their Former Selves
Victor Davis Hanson // Fox News What factors usually reelect or throw out incumbent presidents? The economy counts most. Recessions, or at least chronic economic pessimism, sink incumbents. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were tagged with sluggish growth, high unemployment and a sense of perceived stagnation — and were easily defeated. The 2008 financial … Read more → Please … Read moreVictor Davis Hanson: What could sink Trump’s chances in 2020?
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness One of the weirdest characteristics of our global politicians and moral censors is their preference to voice cosmic justice rather than to address less abstract sin within their own purview or authority. These progressive virtue mongers see themselves as citizens of the world rather … Read more → Please … Read moreCosmic Injustice
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Some 80 years ago, on August 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, formally known as the “Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.” The world was shocked — and terrified — by the … Read more → Please … Read moreThe German–Soviet Non-Aggression Pact: A Bad Deal, 80 Years Ago
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Any majority population must be careful not to revert to pre-civilized tribalism and oppressing minority groups. The United States, like every other country that enjoys diverse populations has struggled from its beginning to ensure equality, sometimes unsuccessfully, and only at the cost of thousands … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Strange Case of ‘White Supremacy’
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review A great deal of controversy has continued the past few days over Robert Francis O’Rourke’s longtime use of a nickname given to him at birth (albeit temporarily jettisoned while in prep school) — especially in the wake of his recent sensational and unfounded charges that … Read more → Please … Read moreHow Robert O’Rourke Became ‘Beto’
Victor Davis Hanson // The Hill The mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have rightly shocked the nation. In our understandable collective furor over the senseless loss of life, all the old political divides are being revisited, now in a climate of often frightening blame, anger and … Read more → Please … Read moreWhy target Tucker Carlson? It’s part of the left’s war on the right
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Democrats by 2004 had become obsessed with defeating incumbent President George W. Bush. Four years earlier, in the 2000 election, Bush had won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote. Democrats were still furious that Bush supposedly had been “selected” by the Supreme … Read more → Please … Read moreWill 2020 Be a Repeat of 2004 for Democrats?
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Half of the Democratic 20-person primary field in the debates appeared unhappy, shrill, and self-righteous, and determined that no candidate should out-left any other. So far, they certainly sound clueless about how they sound to those in western Pennsylvania or southern Michigan. Their timidity … Read more → Please … Read moreDemocrats’ Debate Cowardice, Hypocrisy, and Nuttiness
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review When figurehead Robert Mueller likely allowed Andrew Weissman to form his special counsel team to investigate so-called charges of Russian collusion involving Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin, Washington elites became bouncy. The high-profile legal “powerhouse” lineup immediately looked like a sure-thing—an elite … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Dream Team Loses to the Nobodies
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Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Former vice president and current presidential candidate Joe Biden has bragged on two occasions that he would like to beat up President Donald Trump. In March 2018, Biden huffed, “They asked me would I like to debate this gentleman, and I said no. I … Read more → Please … Read moreMenacing Invective Against Trump Creates Dangerous Climate
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review This year marks the centennial anniversary of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Or at least, in theory, it sort of does. In 1919 Herbert Hoover — then a 45-year-old multimillionaire, mining engineer, and veteran of efforts to save the starving of Europe and … Read more → Please … Read more100 Years of the Hoover Institution
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Well before Sigmund Freud formalized the idea of “projectionism”—the defense of one’s own shortcomings and sins by attributing them to others—it was a common theme in classical literature and the New Testament: the ridiculing of the mole on someone else’s nose to hide one’s … Read more → Please … Read moreWoke Racism
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness The Treaty of Versailles was signed in Versailles, France, on June 28, 1919. Neither the winners nor the losers of World War I were happy with the formal conclusion to the bloodbath. The traditional criticism of the treaty is that the victorious French and … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Lessons of the Versailles Treaty
Victor Davis Hanson // Nationals Review Each week we are warned of a recession. And each week the economic news “unexpectedly” and “surprisingly” improves or stays steady — in ways well aside from the staples of continued near-record-low peacetime unemployment (3.8 percent), near-record-low minority unemployment, booming annualized GDP (3.1 percent), … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Economy, Father of Us All
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Get along? Apparently no—at least until after 2020. Two examples summarize why. “We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice,” said U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), one-quarter of “the squad” sowing havoc among Democrats in the House. … Read more → Please … Read moreCan’t We All Just Get Along?
Victor Davis Hanson // Fox News The summer season has ripped off the thin scab that covered an American wound, revealing a festering disagreement about the nature and origins of the United States. The San Francisco Board of Education recently voted to paint over, and thus destroy, a 1,600-square-foot mural … Read more → Please … Read moreAmerica does not have to be perfect to be good (despite what radical progressives tell us)
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Almost every party invested in open borders proves utterly selfish, without regard for the legitimate interests of others or of the law itself. The Illegal ImmigrantThe immigrant is the pawn of Latin American governments who view him as inanimate capital, someone who represents thousands … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Selfish Actors of Illegal Immigration
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness The Obama-era Democratic Party bears little resemblance to the themes embraced just 11 years ago by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries. The parameters of marriage, in Obama’s words “between a man and woman,” has now transmogrified beyond gay civil unions … Read more → Please … Read moreOf Progressive Carnivores and Cannibals
Trade War 2.0—China Sets Sail to Import Innovation, Export Governance Please read a new essay by my colleague, Christopher R. O’Dea in Strategika. By agreeing to restart stalled trade talks at their meeting in Osaka last week, President Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping averted a new round of punitive … Read more → Please … Read moreStrategika Issue 59: U.S.–China Trade Tensions
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness An epidemic of false identities, massaged resumes and warped ancestries has broken out among the current Democratic presidential primary candidates. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for years claimed Native American ancestry. An embattled Warren ironically took a DNA test that only proved her critics’ contention … Read more → Please … Read moreDemocratic Candidates Are Running a Race of Authenticity
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) believes that American detention centers that house illegal aliens — over 1 million illegal arrivals during the last six months alone — are similar to “concentration camps.” A storm of criticism met her historically fallacious comparisons. Ocasio-Cortez doubled down … Read more → Please … Read moreA Modest Immigration Proposal
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Ispeculate only because since January 2017 our popular culture and intelligentsia have suggested President Trump is crazy and should be removed under the 25th Amendment. Apparently, accusations about the mental health of presidents and would-be presidents are now legitimate political attack strategies under the … Read more → Please … Read moreWould President Joe Biden Become 25th Amendment Material?
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Presidential candidates from both parties usually sound hard-core in the primaries to appeal to their progressive or conservative bases. But for the general election, the nominees move to the center to pick off swing voters and centrist independents. Voters put up with the scripted … Read more → Please … Read moreDemocratic Candidates Aren’t on a Winning Track
Victor Davis Hanson // National Review In the current American–Iran stand-off are a number of global players. That is hardly new, but what is novel is that, for the first time in decades, there’s almost no power that can obstruct or alter U.S. efforts to confront Iranian aggressions in America’s … Read more → Please … Read moreIran and the Levels of Global Power
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness We are now in the fourth year of an anti-Trump mania, and about reaching the point of caricature. The Left should have learned something after the failed celebrity appeal to undermine the Electoral College, the initial articles of impeachment, the empty invocations of the … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Anti-Trump Circus
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness President Trump recently ordered and then called off a retaliatory strike against Iran for destroying a U.S. surveillance drone. The U.S. asserts that the drone was operating in international space. Iran claims it was in Iranian airspace. Antiwar critics of Trump’s Jacksonian rhetoric turned … Read more → Please … Read moreAmerica Can Afford to Stay Calm with Iran
Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Progressives do not see the United States as an exceptional uniter of factions and tribes into a cohesive whole—each citizen subordinating his tribal, ethnic, and religious affinities to a shared Americanism, emblemized by our national motto e pluribus unum. Instead, they prefer e uno plures: out … Read more → Please … Read moreCrack-ups at the Crossroads of Intersectionality